State has more data on citizens than necessary, says BCS


State has more data on citizens than necessary, says BCS

Warwick Ashford

IT professionals believe there is an imbalance between the data rights of individuals and the state, a survey has revealed.

Some 61% of IT professionals said the state has more data on citizens than necessary, in a poll of more than 400 members by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT .

Just 17% of members surveyed said the current legal and regulatory framework for data is adequate.

Respondents ranked the UK fourth, after Australia, the rest of the European Union and the US in terms of the government making information available to the public.

Previous research by BCS found that 83% of the public said that information about public services and government should be more freely available.

But 71% of the organisation's members said citizens are not conscious enough about their data rights, 59% said citizens do not understand the value of their personal data, and 90% said citizens do not understand their data rights.

"The Institute's Savvy Citizens campaign aims to address these points and make citizens savvier about how they access, use and manage information in their daily lives," said the organisation's president, Elizabeth Sparrow.

BCS has raised concerns that the Digital Economy Bill in its current form could mean that the freedom of the internet is diminished. It has called for more debate.

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